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The Supreme Court of South Carolina

In the Matter of Efia Nwangaza, Petitioner.

Appellate Case No. 2019-001265




By opinion dated October 10, 2011, this Court suspended Petitioner from the practice of law in South Carolina for nine months.  In re Nwangaza, 396 S.C. 235, 721 S.E.2d 777 (2011).  Petitioner filed a petition for reinstatement pursuant to Rule 33, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.  Following a hearing, the Committee on Character and Fitness recommended the Court reinstate Petitioner to the practice of law with a condition. 

We find Petitioner has met the requirements of Rule 33(f), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.  Accordingly, we grant Petitioner's petition and reinstate her to the practice of law in this state with the condition that, no later than three months after she returns to the practice of law, she submit quarterly reports regarding her trust account activity to the Commission on Lawyer Conduct for a period of one year.1  

1 These reports shall include copies of Petitioner's bank statements, including copies of her cancelled checks, copies of her deposit records, a copy of her receipt and disbursement journal, copies of her ledgers for any clients with a trust account balance or trust account activity, copies of her monthly reconciliations, and any other financial records requested by the Commission as needed to interpret the monthly reconciliations. 

s/Donald W. Beatty                        C.J.

s/John W. Kittredge                           J.

s/Kaye G. Hearn                                J.

s/John Cannon Few                           J.

s/George C. James, Jr.                      J.

Columbia, South Carolina
June 16, 2020